John Browne Cutting to J. Hunt
[18 Aug. 1790]
I entreat the favor of you to return by the bearer that memorial and those papers, which, on behalf of Purdie and other impressed American mariners, I put into your hand on the 10th instant.
I vainly flattered myself so far as to expect the indulgence of being heard five minutes by the Earl of Chatham himself in their behalf; especially as one of them is a young man well known to persons of the first consideration in his own Country, through whom the Government of it will doubtless be apprised of his present condition.
It is with much regret that I abandon the prospect of contributing to the meliorization of it, by a statement of facts to the Lords of the British Admiralty. I have the honor to be &c.
FC (DNA: RG 59, PCC No. 121); at head of text: “Copy of a note from Mr. Cutting to J. Hunt Esqr. private Secretary to the Earl of Chatham dated 18th August 1790.” To this Cutting received the following reply: “Mr. Hunt presents his compliments to Mr. Cutting. He has communicated his letter to the Earl of Chatham, who will be happy to see him tomorrow at half past twelve o’clock” (dated “Admiralty 18th August 1790”; same).